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Harvey Wollman, former governor of South Dakota, dies at 87

PIERRE, SD — Former South Dakota Gov. Harvey Wollman died on Tuesday, his family announced. He was 87 years old.

Wollman was born in 1935, originally from Spink County. From there he attended Doland High School, eventually graduating in 1953. After helping his parents on their family farm, Wollman attended Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota for a year, eventually returning to the farm and attending Huron College. There, Wollman would eventually meet his wife, Anne.

Wollman would later serve in the United States Army for two years, traveling to Germany with the Third Armored Division. Afterwards, he taught at his alma mater, Doland High School.

He would enter politics in 1968, successfully winning a run for the state senate. Wollman was elected to three consecutive terms and was ultimately chosen to be the Senate Minority Leader and Majority Leader. In 1978, former Governor Richard Kneip selected him as Lieutenant Governor.

In 1978 he became governor after Kneip was appointed ambassador to Singapore. Wollman was the last Democrat to serve as governor of South Dakota, and he was sworn in in July 1978.

While in the legislature, Wollman sponsored legislation to create the South Dakota Investment Council. Today, this organization manages more than $18 billion in state-held assets. Additionally, Wollman was the primary sponsor of the bill that established the four-year medical school at the University of South Dakota.

After serving as governor for just over five months, Wollman was appointed by former President Jimmy Carter to serve as Assistant Secretary of the Army. He would go on to serve on several boards throughout his life.

In 2017, Wollman was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame.

Wollman and his wife Anne had three children together; Christine, Michael and Daniel. Together they have seven grandchildren. Wollman is survived by his wife and three children.

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